Alan Murrin: Publication News!

Publication News!

We are delighted to announce that Alan Murrin's debut, The Coast Road, has been acquired by Bloomsbury Books after a five-way auction. Longlisted in the Caledonia Novel Award 2022, The Coast Road is set for publication in the UK in Spring, 2024, and in the US with HarperVia in Summer, 2024. 

Alan commented: "The Caledonia Novel Award had been on my radar for a while and when I was longlisted, it felt like it really meant something. I knew the standard of writing of some of the previous winners and it was an incredible confidence boost to find my name on the longlist. I already had a complete draft of The Coast Road, but I wasn't happy with it. The short turnaround time for sending the complete manuscript to the competition was wonderful because it made me write another draft very quickly! I wasn't at all surprised when I didn't see my name on the shortlist because I knew the book just wasn't there yet. The book I sent to agents six months later was very different, more polished.

I think being recognised by the Caledonia Novel Award makes agents sit up and listen, and I was very lucky to have several agents interested in the book. I had first met Caroline Wood from Felicity Bryan Agency five years ago when she came to one of the Agent/Publisher visits while I was studying on the prose fiction masters at UEA. We stayed in touch and she was one of the first agents I sent my work to when that time came. In the end I picked Caroline because I felt our visions for the book were most aligned. It is also about finding a good personality match because it is a very personal relationship.

I felt so lucky to have Caroline by my side when doing publisher visits and trying to decide which publisher was the most suitable home for my book. Caroline never made any promises, but she was clear about what she was capable of, and she has delivered on everything we discussed, and more. Now I'm excited about working with my editor Alexis Kirschbaum at Bloomsbury to bring The Coast Road to readers."

Huge congratulations to Alan!

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